That’s it! Though most of the games were close, the Los Angeles Kings still managed to dispatch the New York Rangers relatively quickly, winning the Stanley Cup Final four games to one, and claiming their second championship in three years.
The Cup is coming back to Los Angeles! Led by the brick wall of a goaltender Jonathan Quick, the Los Angeles Kings downed the New York Rangers, 3-2, to win Game 5 on June 13 and clinch the Stanley Cup. Though the Kings played the role of underdog throughout the 2014 NHL playoffs, the team dispatched the Rangers quickly, taking them down in just five games for the title.
Los Angeles Kings Win The Stanley Cup
During game 5, the Rangers didn’t make it easy — the Kings had the lead early after Justin Williams scored as the Rangers didn’t even have a shot on goal until more than seven minutes in. However, Chris Kreider scored to tie it up during the second period, then with only 25 seconds left in the period, Brian Boyle scored, pulling the Rangers ahead 2-1.
During the third period though, Marian Gaborik (former Ranger) scored on a rebound tying it all up! And no one scored again until the end of the second overtime! Alec Martinez scored off a rebound at 14:43, winning it all. Definitely a proud moment for the Kings!
After the game, 3-time Stanley Cup champion Justin Williams was awarded with playoff MPV.
And as the buzzer sounded to end the game, the Rangers players could do nothing but watch the LA Kings erupt with joy and raise the Stanley Cup.
It’s the second time the Kings have won the Cup in just three years. The boys in black and silver won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 2012, riding Quick’s goaltending and shocking the NHL as the 8-seed in the Western Conference. That victory was sweet, but this one may be even sweeter.
And for the Rangers, it’s close but no cigar. The Blueshirts really came together in the NHL playoffs, winning multiple Game 7s and taking down the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins along the way. And they even asserted themselves at the beginning of the first games in the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers held two-goal leads in both Game 1 and Game 2, but the Kings managed to scratch back time and time again. Both games went to overtime, where the Kings stole wins on sudden-death scores.
The Rangers then won Game 4 to stave off elimination, but they just couldn’t muster another win. It wasn’t;t for lack of credit — a double overtime loss meant that both teams were playing with everything they had. Rangers goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, had an incredible 46 saves during the game!
HollywoodLifers, are you celebrating along with the LA Kings, or are you crushed that the Rangers couldn’t pull it off? Let us know!
— Andrew Gruttadaro